Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday: A Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for...everything. Family, home, health...even the beauty of nature comes to mind to be thankful for today. So I am thankful. I like this poem/prayer written by Walter Rauschenbusch simply because he mentions all our senses to be thankful and appreciate all or maybe he's trying to tell us to use our good sense to be thankful. I don't expect to feel any snow today, but I did enjoy the frosty weather this morning with Emily, trying to capture (only in photos) some of the birds that visit us in the early morning.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

O God, we thank you for this earth, our home,
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never resting winds,
For the trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to this beauty,
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory.
O God, our creator,
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.


  1. She looks like she is having a wonderful day as well! Did she get turkey? My cats walked away from it. I don't get it.

  2. Emily did have a few bites...she likes sitting at the table with her family too.


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